The Weather Research & Forecast (WRF) model is used at DTU Wind Energy for wind resource assessment.
For the New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) project, many WRF simulations of the wind speed using different set-up options were performed. Differences between these simulations amongst them and when compared with in situ observations were identifiable on land and offshore.
This project aims to understand the different features appearing in the WRF simulations of wind speed offshore by comparing them with satellite winds.
The proposed project is relevant for offshore wind energy as validation of meso-scale models is essential prior to the wind resource assessment. Satellite winds are ideal for such tasks due to the extended coverage they provide offshore as opposed to in situ observations.
The main project load will be distributed in:
- literature review regarding scatterometer winds, meso-scale modelling and validation studies
- learning how to obtain and process scatterometer data
- learning how to obtain and process meso-scale model outputs
- perform the scatterometer-model validation, including sensitivity tests on the parameters influencing the results
- writing of the thesis/report
Candidates should have good skills in programming using at least 1 language (Matlab, Octave, Python). Good statistical background will be necessary along with critical thinking and motivation.